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noun [countable]     spur pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a metal object on the heel of a rider’s boot that the rider presses into a horse’s side to make it go faster
    1. a.
      a sharp curved part on the back of a bird’s leg
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  2. 2
    something that encourages someone to do something

    The news was a spur to the government to cut income tax.

  3. 3
    a part of something such as a railway or an electrical circuit that goes in a different direction from the main part
  4. 4
    a long thin piece of land


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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